Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting (along with Jackson Bews who will play Balthazar) reunited on the set of “Social Suicide”. An upcoming Romeo & Juliet film adaptation.
Olivia Hussey & Leonard Whiting in “Romeo and Juliet”
Leonardo Dicaprio in Romeo and Juliet (1996)
Solo un bacio e tu sarai / sempre mia
che prodigio mai tu sei / vita mia ♫
Romeo & Giulietta; ama e cambia il mondo (the italian musical)
A precise time period is never clearly indicated. The play was written and brought to life in the mid-to-late 1590s so it is widely assumed R&J takes place in the 16th century. Most associate it with the renaissance or Elizabethan era although the original legend/real events the characters might be based on have been said to have happened in 1303, which would be the medieval period.
I like to think they would have escaped to Mantua and now far from the bitterness of Verona they would finally be able to let their love flourish naturally. I assume they would adapt to their new life away from their hometown and have kids rather quickly (not that it was uncommon at the time). Maybe as the years went on, Juliet would contemplate going back home to see her family and telling them the truth about everything. Maybe the happiness in seeing her alive and well would cancel the (very possible) anger her parents would have towards her for having lied to them about the whole death thing. But if this would be too much of a stretch, I can definitely imagine Romeo & Juliet going back to Verona in secret once every few years to meet up at St. Peters church with the Nurse (since she was more of a mother figure to her than Lady Capulet was) to inform her that all is well and let her see her children whom the Nurse would practically consider grandchildren. I think the only way R&J could have lived peacefully is far away from Verona where the Capulets and Montagues enmity (as well as all the “scandalous” gossip) wouldn’t constantly follow them around.
You’re probably wondering what if their love would have died out instead? Just a quick reminder that you have to take historical context into consideration here. R&J was not set in the 21st century with our modern social norms. Marriage was a very sacred union and divorce was uncommon back in the day. Their marriage would only be eligible for annulment if there was a legitimate reason approved by the church such as infertility, marriage not consummated, etc. So Romeo and Juliet would have no choice but to make their union work. When they decided to marry, there was no turning back. So preferably I want to believe they would have been happy together. Of course their love wouldn’t have eternally maintained that same wild passion from the beginning but they would still love each other to a more mature degree. After all, nothing in the play irrevocably ensures their relationship would have died out anyway.
I assume you intend this line:
'Yea,' quoth he, 'dost thou fall upon thy face?
Thou wilt fall backward when thou hast more wit;
The sexual innuendo here is that the Nurse’s husband jokingly tells a 3-year-old Juliet that she’ll fall backwards when she’ll grow older, implying that she’ll lay on her back to have sex. Juliet, not understanding the double entendre, simply agreed with the man.
Noted. I’ll try to make more gifsets ;)
It’s hard to say because on one hand I feel that Zeffirelli’s film might be the closest in terms of general romantic atmosphere as well as great overall performances and impeccable line delivery (not to mention it is a historical piece, as it was originally written). But on the other hand I feel that Baz Luhrmann’s film reflects the zest behind this play. May I remind you that Romeo & Juliet is not only a classical romantic tragedy but it is also filled with sexual puns and is, after all, about teens (& young adults) falling in love and getting into trouble. The 1996 film reflects that youthful frantic energy that I find not so accentuated in the 1968 adaptation.
The recent 2013 has the lavish historical look and classical romance à la Zeffirelli but also incorporates the young exuberant energy of Luhrmann’s film. However Julian Fellowes took some liberties with the script and tweaked a few details which disrupts the accuracy from the play. So I guess if you took the visuals and dynamism of Carlei’s adaptation but added the language & line delivery of Zeffirelli’s adaptation, you’d probably get the closest-to-the-play R&J film.
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
the secret wedding ceremony scene
come, gentle night,
come, loving, black-brow’d night,
give me my Romeo